Monday, March 31, 2014

Brainstorm: Brittany Ward's Poetry Book

As a continuation from my last post, I now present the front cover of my friend's poetry book. I'm calling the illustration Brainstorm. My goal for this piece was to capture the macro and micro worlds of Brittany's poetry and the lyrical dreaminess. Some of this was experimentation for me, since I didn't know quite exactly how I would make this come together, particularly with color. I didn't want it to get too bright and colorful, but  the alien vividness of the orange-reds, yellow-greens, and blue-greens seem to be working for this piece. The color scheme gave a sci-fi edge to the piece, but I also thought the colors could represent the two distinct worlds and their coming together. The flesh tones could be the symbol of the micro world, pulsating veins, the rush of blood, and the closed, intimate space of microorganisms. The blues and greens could represent the emptiness of space, the remoteness of galaxies and their stars, and the vastness of worlds and ecosystems. I really wanted to capture this idea of remote intimacy, personal landscapes, and immense inner worlds which make up Brittany's work. I intend to carry these concepts and color schemes into the rest of the book's design, really bringing emphasis to them. I'm going to be drawing two illustrations to incorporate into the book, and with these I shall get a chance to further express these ideas. For now, I hope you enjoyed this piece.

He makes everything beautiful in its time . . . Ecclesiastes 3:11


  1. WOW! I loooove that cover. It so perfectly captures Brittany's work! Yay!!! I am so excited for her and you showcasing both your talents.

    1. Ditto everything Erika just said! haha This is so exciting!!

  2. I'm a little late in commenting, but as ever, I'm awed by how you describe my writing! I honestly don't think it's nearly as good as you hype it up to be, haha. As you already know, I adore the cover. It does kind of strike me as a visual representation of Carbon Based Lifeform's music, as their music has a lot of organic/nature sounds in some of their tracks, mixed with an eerie remoteness that brings to mind the vastness of space. Your cover brings together the organic and celestial in such a complementary way. I wish CBL would commission you to do the artwork for their next album, haha. Oh, and I love how you added the dragonflies, and how the iridescence of the wing that matches the color of the planet really links the organic/biological with the space theme. I am so excited for this coming together!